WHAT TO EXPECT FROM INVOLVE      Helping you on the path of Co-Production & Involvement      Whatever your needs may be  we are here to offer support and engagement.    Involve values diversity  we recognise that everybody has their own unique skills  experiences  values and beliefs.     We do not have a 'one hat fits all' approach - we prefer to work with people (and treat them) as individuals.  Whilst most of our life journeys share similarities - we all walk our own path.     When we have shared experience - there is a great deal of strength in numbers  together we are stronger.   Getting involved is a process of growth and self-discovery which can lead to greater self confidence  being appropriately assertive  and most importantly feeling valued and making a real difference.    If you want to find out more  please arrange to come in to see us.        PEER SUPPORT      Involve has established peer support networks in Coventry.  We have our own Mental Health peer support group - which usually meets every Wednesday.  We also facilitate a walking group which has a strong peer support element.     People often ask us 'What is peer support?'  We say it is like having a friend who has been in a similar situation to you  it can be likened to a journey where at the start you need help from others and eventually this evolves into where you are strong enough to help people who were - just like you.     Does peer support focus only on Mental Health and Wellbeing?  Absolutely not - because there are many facets to our lives that are interlinked. Many things affect our mental and physical wellbeing  for example  these can include; having a roof over our head  food  warmth  feeling safe  having enough money to get by  physical health  belonging  family  friends and many others.        OPPORTUNITIES FOR CO-PRODUCTION AND REAL INVOLVEMENT      Involve has spent over a decade forging partnerships with Coventry City Council  local NHS Services and third sector services (community assets) to give people an opportunity to get involved and collectively have a voice.   We have established positive partnerships with Coventry Healthwatch  The Care Quality Commission  and some of the largest Mental Health providers in our community.  We know that co-production and involvement opportunities offer many benefits  but at it's worst can be last minute and tokenistic (to say the least).  Working together we can change this!     Invovle will not participate in or promote co-production and involvement activities that are tokenistic  last minute or tick box exercises.           VOLUNTEERING FOR INVOLVE      Involve has many volunteering opportunities for people from all walks of life. (although we positively prefer people to have lived experience of Mental Health issues - this isn't essential).    We offer flexibility in commitment from time limited placements for specific projects   or ad-hoc opportunities for one off support and experiences.     We want you to get the most out of any volunteering opportunity with Involve.   We will try our best to engage you in activities which will draw on your skills and experiences  and also where you will have an opportunity to learn something new  maybe challenge existing beliefs   to give something back and to be appreciated.   To find out more - get in touch or simply complete the volunteer form which can be found by clicking the link at the top of the page.        ABOUT INVOLVE      Where have we come from?       Involve is the operational name for our Charity -  We have been previously known as Coventry AIMHS (Actively Influencing Mental Health Services).   If you are struggling with the new name  it's similar to when the National Schizophrenia Fellowship changed its operating name to Rethink.   We have been working in Coventry for well over a decade supporting people  providing free training  facilitating peer support and offering opportunities for people to be involved and work towards co-production.  It hasn't always been a smooth journey due to the now outdated term of 'user invovlement' falling out of fashion  it's no secret that on a national level 'user involvement' as we knew it is now defunct.   Where once as an organisation we enjoyed involvement on strategic platforms  where we had influence. Those platforms no longer exsist in our locality.  In Coventry and Warwickshire the providers using old models of involvement have all lost core funding.  They have all gone.   Involve is the last remaining independent co-production and involvement charity in Coventry.   In March 2018 when we lost all core funding.  From April 2018 we were awarded a new five year grant from Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group  our funding is managed by Commissioners within Coventry City Council.   We are making great headway in getting adequate representation in the new world.   We want and need you (now more than ever) to be part of our exciting and evolving journey.    Involve is a registered charity and registered company   Registered Company Number 6507837 - Registered Charity Number 1136456  If you want to find out more  please arrange to come in to see us  or check out the diary page on our website  or facebook to see what is happening.             
Our public meetings are accessible to all including those with restricted mobility.     Access to our main office is accessible by stairs or wheelchair lift only.  When providing group activites we utilise venues in Coventry City Centre.     Our Peer Support Grouip meets in the Ikea Cafe (top floor) and is accesssible to people in wheelchairs and electric scooters. 
  CONTACT US AT INVOLVE      Suite 12  Koco Community Resource Centre  The Arches  Spon End  Coventry.  CV1 3JQ      Email:   info@involvecoventry.com      Telephone:  02476 670606     Facebook:      https://www.facebook.com/involveadmin  Twitter:          https://twitter.com/InvolveCoventry